HRYWE Students are to park in Garage E. Garage E is the only parking garage located on 49th street. Please refrain from parking any place else. The Community Music Division is not responsible for parking tickets, nor can we have them dismissed. Any space in Garage E is acceptable for parking except: handicap spaces (without proper handicap tags), reserved spaces, metered spaces.

The Hampton Roads Youth Wind Ensemble, (affectionately called “H-R-Y-wee” by its members) has been in existence since 1999.  CMD's largest ensemble, HRYWE provides a unique performance outlet for outstanding high school wind and percussion musicians. Students meet weekly on the campus of Old Dominion University to prepare a challenging program of contemporary band literature. Over a 2 month period, students develop a working relationship with other like-minded young musicians as well as the conductor and staff of HRYWE. The HRYWE experience fosters a professional work ethic and a spirit of excellence, allowing students to further their own personal, professional, and musical growth. Students incorporate these skills into their lives and enhance their respective school band programs, making HRYWE a source of community pride, celebrating the talent and spirit of our youth in Hampton Roads.


The 2014 HRYWE Season will be under the direction of Mr. Ledford Wilson


2014 Dates:


Audition Dates:

Saturday, February 8, 2014- 11 AM until 1 PM, by appointment
Wednesday, February 19, 2014- 5:30 PM until 7:30 PM, by appointment

Saturday, March 1, 2014- 12 PM until 2 PM, by appointment


Important Dates:


Wednesday March 12, 2014- First class (Registration before class begins) Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Center

April TBA- Spring break, no class

Wednesday June 4, 2014- Dress rehearsal, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM, University Theater

Friday, June 6, 2014 Concert, 7:30 PM, University Theater



This class is only offered in the Spring.


Audition requirements: a piece of your choice demonstrating your best ability and musical phrasing, two scales of your choice, and sight reading.


About the Director:

Ledford Wilson, a native of Wilmington, North Carolina, graduated from East Carolina University and has taught middle and high school band for over 20 years.

Joining us in the 2014 season as assistant director is Dennis Northerner.

"Music is a life long gift that is to be enjoy" -Ledford Wilson


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